As locals, we are lucky to have the rare opportunity to live life like we are always on vacation in one of the best places in the United States, nestled between America’s oldest city and one of the coolest laid-back, beach towns on the east coast (according to Southern Living). Our distinct character is largely due to the high number of small businesses our community boasts. However, if you’ve lived here for some time, you may have noticed that big box stores are slowly creeping in, dismantling our small businesses and stripping our community of its character. These businesses need our support. Savor Flagler is here to connect YOU with locally-owned and operated businesses from Flagler Beach to Flagler College. Keep your money where your heart is!
Top Reasons to Shop Local, Eat Local, Spend Local, Enjoy Local:
Keep our community unique.
By taking the pledge to spend at locally owned businesses, you help maintain our community’s distinct character. Remember, big box stores are the same everywhere!
Strengthen our local economy.
Every dollar you spend at locally owned and operated businesses returns roughly three times more money back into our local economy than big box stores and roughly forty-eight times more money back into our local economy than online retailers. Small businesses also donate over twice as much to local charities, events and teams compared to big box stores.
Create jobs and opportunities.
Local businesses spend a much larger portion of total revenue on local labor to run the business and sell its products, creating more employment opportunities per square foot of space compared to big box stores. Also, higher demand for local businesses in our community leads to more opportunities for other locally owned services to open such as marketing, accounting, legal, maintenance and other services.
Get better service and create a healthy environment.
Local businesses often hire people with a better understanding of the products they are selling and take more time to get to know us. They typically consume less land area and are located closer to residents, resulting in less traffic and air pollution.
Local competition leads to innovation and diversity of products.
A marketplace of hundreds of small businesses, all working to be unique, creates competition and innovation which leads to lower prices and product diversity. Locally made, one-of-a-kind products add to the uniqueness of our community, enhance our shopping experience and bolster tourism.
Save local tax dollars by shopping locally.
Local businesses require comparatively little infrastructure compared to big box stores, allowing more of their tax dollars to fund essential services like roads, transit, parks and community centers. In addition, big box stores often demand tax incentives, increasing our taxes elsewhere.
For example, the Fiscal Impact Analysis of Residential and Nonresidential Land Use Prototypes by Tischler & Associates of July 2002 found: “Specialty retail - primarily small neighborhood located business - generate a net annual return to municipalities of $326 per 1,000 square feet of store space. Business parks, offices and hotels also generated positive net revenue. However, the infrastructure and maintenance costs generated by big box retail outweigh tax revenues, resulting in a cost to taxpayers of $468 per 1,000 square feet of floor space each year. Fast-food outlets were the most burdensome development, costing taxpayers $5,168 per 1,000 square feet.“